SBL wrote:I just like the idea of someone walking into Dean Johnson's office, slamming an acceptance letter from Iowa on the table and yelling "Checkmate, motherfucker!"
SBL, IIRC, you did OCI last semester, right? If so, can you comment on employment prospects of Davis grads? There are rumors here that Davis is gaming the ranking, and I am half-believing it, half not. So it will be good to get some inside perspectives.
I think you'd be very hard-pressed to find a school that doesn't game the rankings to some degree. That said, employers are nobody's fools. They're been hiring students from Davis and Hastings for years, and most of them already have informal GPA cutoffs pretty much set in stone. Davis being "top-30" or Hastings not isn't really going to change things, job prospects from either school are pretty much identical. The rankings would have to stay the way they are now, or even probably spread out further, and then stay that way for 10+ years for it to have much impact on job prospects at D v. H, and that's not likely to happen. Year-to-year fluctuations of the schools ranked 20-50 just don't register with firms as significant (nor should they, really).
As for OCI, I don't want to say too much on the forums, but I will say that I did not finish 1L in the top-10% and I have a firm job in the SF area.